STG x CurlyFroSista!
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Just your favourite blogger giving out weekly interviews to support the creative community!
Today we are interviewing a fellow Caribbean woman, who is also an amazing blogger (her link will be at the end of this post so make sure you check her out, we're watching you😉). In this post, we are talking all things blog! Sabrina is one of my favourite people to work with so far, so sit back, relax, and enjoy what she has to say!
What inspired or influenced you to start your blog?
My hair caught more attention than anything. I think helping women find solutions to their hair issues influenced me to creating a blog. I always had a passion for taking photos and sharing it to the world which also had a hand in creating my blog also. I really wanted to put work something I could also call my own and that's how CurlyFroSista started.
I love that you've called it CurlyFroSista, my hair is always catching attention ahaha! I'm curious, how did you feel when you started your blog? When I first started I was nervous but excited as well because people would be reading what I had to say!
Absolutely I was nervous too. I was more scared that I would fail but I did it anyway. And after a while I learned being myself was the best option. I thought I was going to fail at being me! What foolishness ? Lol so crazy how we put ourselves down to feel accepted. Never again. I'm always myself 100% and that's what bloggers need to know. When my readers would ask when I was coming out with new content gave me so much life that meant I had viewers like people were actually reading my blog that was inspiring and motivating I loved that I was doing something for me.
We are so alike it's crazy! So how did you get to where you are today? What was your journey like?
Sis these questions are giving me life! What a perceptive this post is especially when you’re on the go like me. Five things got me to where I am today and I hope this helps anyone who's blogging or just starting off.
- Be yourself: 100% you were uniquely created and you are original don’t try to be something you're not. Being my true self helped me to flow organically with my blog.
- Stay focus: Anything you're doing requires focus and dedication especially if it’s something you want to see results.
- Self-love and care: Don't overwork your brain and body trying to keep up an image. Take breaks in between to disconnect from the media and learn to enjoy your life. This also helped open room for creativity and inspiration in my journey..
- Don't believe the hype: I'm human! So are you and we are not perfect. Social media will create illusions making you think you need to do this and that to feel accepted and you don't. You don't need to be sucked into the vicious cycle doing things everyone is doing. Create things you love that are genuine, let your craft show in your work and be original.
- Engagement: Successful key point. My viewers are important and if you're going to be on social media you also need to be social. Interact with your viewers, give back to them for being supportive, check out their pages see what they've been up to and respond. People want to be apart of something I know I do at times and keeping them involved with your success and achievements also are great ways of engagement. Be real and genuine.
Would you say your personal experiences have influenced what you write about and post?
Absolutely. Personal experiences shapes us I mean I know for a fact that my depression and anxiety is something I write about. It influences how I speak and respond to my viewers or people in general.
My heritage plays an important role in a lot of my posts, would you say your heritage plays a big role in your writing?
Yes and no. However there's a big chunk of my heritage that's apart of my audience. I recently started a series on mental health in the Caribbean this was my first true post about West Indian culture and I am already working on widening the scope of content I create so stay tuned for these movements.
I am so excited for the mental health project!! Talking about projects, what inspired you to start 'Gyal Tings' and do you think it's an important project?
ABSOLUTELY: Gyal Tings is my very first segment on the blog, I mean women from different cultures, color, sizes, views come together to share their passions, hopes and dreams all on my platform. Gyal tings is about to blow up the way I've curated upcoming movements for us to shape and support other women all over the world every woman has a space to share their views. As women we are overlooked which Is pure shit because we add so much to the world. We are creators, we are outstanding we are world evolving humans which the universe intended to succeed.
TELL EM! I love that. Blogging has become really popular over the last couple of years, do you think there's anything about your blog makes you stand out? Do you think your blog makes a difference?
Yes. I don't particularly try to pay attention to what everyone is doing if it's not in a positive way. My content is organic, I mean real organic. I give pieces of my life that a lot of people especially women relate to. I use my blog to also support people who suffer from mental health illness which I advocate for heavily because everyone needs support. I suffer from social anxiety which I never really told anyone about but the overwhelming support I received helped me realize I wasn’t alone. There's so many bloggers who suffer from issues that are bigger than themselves and use their platforms from several things. However me growing up in a third world country has a lot of takes to it so sharing my experiences with the world that is raw and organic is not what we see everyday and I love to stand out from the crowd.
Beautiful. What would you say motivates you to keep posting and writing?
Life motivates me to keep working. Seeing my viewers respond to my projects help me to also to keep going. Feeling and being happy doing what I love motivates more than anything.
As long as you are happy that is the main thing! And I'm so happy that your happiness drives you to continue what you are doing. When it comes to the creative community, do you feel like you are supported?
Well it depends, there's so many communities I'm apart of and each community delivers a different kind of support. So yes and no. Networking plays a huge part in this so working your way through a community helps to receive support. This means to get support you need to give support. I don't mean only supporting the well established moguls I mean supporting in general. To be apart of something you need to give a little-give in especially. Support begins with you and the rest falls into place.
What do you think the most important part of being a creative is?
Being myself of course. While everyone else is trying to be same I work to be a better version of me consistently and like you've said definitely not compromising myself.
Staying true to yourself is key.
Thank you so much Sabrina for working with me, this has been one of my favourite interviews so far because we are so alike and I love seeing bloggers work together in a community where there is not always masses of support!
Thank you guys for coming back to the latest episode of Support The Grind, Sabrina's blog can be found here so make sure you check it out! We will be back next week at our usual time of 6pm on Friday!